United Orders New 787s and Regional Jets

Jul 16 2018

United is taking a goldilocks approach, announcing a small order for new aircraft: 25 Embraer E-175s to be delivered in 2019 and replace the same number of Bombardier CRJ-700s and 4 Boeing 787-9s that will replace widebodies in 2020.

They continue to scour the market for used aircraft so don’t view this as a shift to a fleet renewal strategy.

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What American is Telling Employees About the Government’s Safety Investigation

Jul 15 2018

News came out this past week that an FAA inspector developed a close relationship with an American Airlines manager, and ignored important safety tips.

The Department of Transportation’s Inspector General found problems at the FAA’s safety oversight at American. Their report found concerns raised by the airline’s pilots union going unaddressed for a year and a half, suggesting that “FAA’s oversight office for American Airlines lacked objectivity in its review and did not respond to concerns about unqualified pilots and unsafe conditions during maintenance verification flights.”

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Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Arrested Onboard Etihad Flight

Jul 14 2018

Perhaps most notable to me is that Pakistan International Airlines flies London Heathrow – Lahore non-stop three times a week, flies London – Karachi (and on to Lahore) and offers connections from various cities in Europe — in addition to flying Abu Dhabi – Lahore.

Yet the former Prime Minister of Pakistan chose not to fly PIA for his return to the country, preferring Etihad’s business class instead. No doubt he’s well aware that PIA is the worst airline in the world. If you’re going to get arrested, you want to be well-rested.

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